The local impacts of new polluting power plant

September 22, 2016 Gareth Hughes 0

Today I met with locals living rurally near Otorohanga, south Waikato, who will be affected by Nova Energy’s plan to build a new 360MW gas-fired power station. In a bit of a tag team, James Shaw asked questions in Parliament about the same thing.

125 new jobs is no game

September 15, 2016 Gareth Hughes 0

It’s fantastic to hear today Dunedin-based game developer RocketWerkz has received substantial investment from the Chinese company Tencent and looks to employ an additional 125 Read More

Two weeks in the States

September 13, 2016 Gareth Hughes 0

Recently I spent a couple of weeks in the United States on a personal research study tour. No, I didn’t get to see Donald Trump speak but I talked to plenty of Americans who were horrified and embarrassed he was an official candidate. I put the trip together to touch base with some leading thinkers and research policies. Here’s a quick snapshot of the trip.

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Slowing down the sun

July 13, 2016 Gareth Hughes 40

Kiwis are going solar in record numbers to escape rising power bills and get a degree of energy freedom, but the electricity industry is using a host of tactics to try and discourage them.

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More ice for Radio NZ in Budget

May 30, 2016 Gareth Hughes 4

Budget 2016 once again left our only public broadcaster, Radio NZ (RNZ), worse off. After eight years of funding freezes, you have to wonder if RNZ is being iced-out for ideological reasons.

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